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Peace of Mind
from: “Freedom from Bondage”
“A.A. has taught me that I will have peace of mind in exact proportion to the peace of mind I bring into the lives of other people, and it has taught me the true meaning of the admonition happy are ye who know these things and do them. For the only problems I have now are those I create when I break out in a rash of self-will.”
2001, AAWS Inc. 
Alcoholics Anonymous, pages 550-551
“Reader, think for a moment. _Is_ there love or peace on earth, or
is there conflict and cruelty? Which more accurately describes human
existence? But because human beings refuse to face this simple fact,
for fear there is no solution, they set up idealistic labels of ‘love’
and ‘peace.’ But these are merely labels, words, ideas, not actual
states. So we have let labels shield us from seeing the prevalence
of sorrow in our world. Consequently, we are prevented from studying
the problem with intelligence and understanding.”
Pathways to Perfect Living, p. 177
DAILY REFLECTIONS  August 24, 2017
It may be possible to find explanations of spiritual experiences such as ours, but I have often tried to explain my own and have succeeded only in giving the story of it. I know the feeling it gave me and the results it has brought, but I realize I may never fully understand its deeper why and how.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 313
I had a profound spiritual experience during an open A.A. meeting, which led me to blurt out, “I’m an alcoholic!” I have not had a drink since that day. I can tell you the words I heard just prior to my admission, and how those words affected me, but as to why it happened, I do not know. I believe a power greater than myself chose me to recover, yet I do not know why. I try not to worry or wonder about what I do not yet know; instead, I trust that if I continue to work the Steps, practice the A.A. principles in my life, and share my story, I will be guided lovingly toward a deep and mature spirituality in which more will be revealed to me. For the time being, it is a gift for me to trust God, work the Steps and help others.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” 
― Ernest Holmes

Kirk had been a Hells Angel and a Marine, He also fought in Vietnam and I called him Captain Kirk. 
I got on my knees and said ‘God please help me’,

I called Captain Kirk and he said he thought that I was dead. 
“Creativity is a gift. It doesn’t come through if the air is cluttered.”
John Lennon
I will lead you into the Circle
Of the Beloved’s cunning thieves,
Those playful royal rogues –
The ones you can trust for true guidance –
Who can aid you
In this Blessed Calamity of life.
Look at the Perfect One
At the Circle’s Center:
He Spins and Whirls like a Golden Compass,
Beyond all that is Rational,
To show this dear world
That Everything,
Everything in Existence
Does point to God.
ACIM Workbook Lesson 237 Insights
“Now would I be as God created me.”
The second sentence of the first paragraph stood out to me today. It is my function to let the Light of God in me shine upon the world, always. If I am not supremely happy or if I am in conflict in any way, I am not being as God created me. I am not letting His Light shine through me. I have made a choice to limit what I am. The illusionary world of separation is not a place of malice and darkness unless I choose to make it so by choosing to believe it is real and I am separate from my Creator. The thought that conflict and war could exist interferes with my awareness of God’s Light.
Gratefully the Thought of God remains in my mind to help me release the insane belief that conflict could be real. There is no conflict in God and thus there can be no conflict in me in truth. This means whenever I become aware of any perception of limitation, that perception needs to be taken to the Holy Spirit, the Thought of God in my mind. This Thought has the power to heal the mistaken thought of separation. The Thought of God shows me the vision of Christ and speaks to me of the Light in Which I was created and in Which I remain. The Thought of God shows me the glory of God’s Light in me.
As I take each thought of conflict and limitation to the Holy Spirit to be healed, the world I look upon reflects my change of mind. More and more I want to join with the Love I see in my brother instead of protecting myself against his perceived attack. Through the Light in me I perceive a new world, a forgiven world, a happy dream, free of conflict.
I dedicate today to walking with Holy Spirit, letting Him guide my vision and my hearing that I may bring the Light of Christ to the world. Thus I will know my Self as I was created to be.
Today I would practice opening to the truth. Today I would remember nothing has changed from what God created as one. I would remember the world of separation is illusion. I would remember I am not a body. I am still an extension of God’s Love. I would be in God’s peace.
I wear a QRay bracelet for the arthritis in my hands. It had been off for a couple of days and as I was reading today’s lesson, I started experiencing discomfort. I was looking all over the house for where I left it as I thought about the lesson I had been reading.
It occurs to me that feeling pain or discomfort of any kind conflicts with who I am. Surely God did not create me to suffer. To suffer I would have to see myself as separate from God because certainly God does not choose to suffer.
The solution is to take this thought of limitation to God for healing. I am as God created me. Nothing has changed. I chose to add arthritis to my script, but I am the author of that script and can change my mind. Thinking of arthritis as a debilitating illness with no cure is frightening and discouraging. Thinking of it as just another mistaken thought in need of healing puts a whole new light on it!
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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“The deeper the Self-realization of a man, the more he influences the whole universe by his subtle spiritual vibrations, and the less he himself is affected by the phenomenal flux.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi
What is Sufism?
The substance of Sufism is the Truth and the meaning of Sufism is the selfless experiencing and actualization of the Truth. The practice of Sufism is the intention to go towards the Truth, by means of love and devotion. This is called the tarigat, the spiritual path or way towards God. The sufi is one who is a lover of Truth, who by means of love and devotion moves towards the Truth, towards the perfection which all are truly seeking. As necessitated by love’s jealousy, the sufi is taken away from all except the Truth.
Sufism Defined
Sufism is a school for the actualization of divine ethics. It involves an enlightened inner being, not intellectual proof; revelation and witnessing, not logic. By divine ethics, we are referring to ethics that transcend mere social convention, a way of being that is the actualization of the attributes of God.
These poems communicate through symbolic expressions the depth of sufi spirituality, the inner states of mystical love, and the Unity of Being. They reveal aspects of Sufism and of traveling the sufi path that are not accessible in prose writings.
For more than fifty years, Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, Master of the Nimatullahi Order, has written and edited numerous books on Sufism, elucidating its theory and practice. A number of years ago, Dr. Nurbakhsh for the first time began to deliver a series of discourses on Sufism directly to a group of his disciples in London.
This statement has been made repeatedly by sufi masters over the centuries to caution their disciples about the dangers of an intellectual approach to Sufism. What such masters have been repudiating is the belief that one may become a sufi merely through reading or rational discourse.
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